Macon Bistro & Larder
5520 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20015Neighborhood:
Chevy Chase, DC
SouthernPrice: $30 and under
Macon Bistro & Larder
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.maconbistro.com/
- Phone: 2022487807x
- Hours of Operation:
Mondays - Dark
Tuesday through Thursday 4pm to 11pm
Friday and Saturday 4pm to 12am
Sunday 4pm to 11pm
Brunch Coming in June!
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard
- Cuisine: French American, Southern
- Executive Chef: Tony Brown
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wine
A word from Macon Bistro & Larder
Macon Bistro & Larder is a locally owned neighborhood restaurant serving re-invented bistro cuisine in a warm, friendly atmosphere. Chef Tony Brown, inspired by his southern roots and his world travels, brings together the cooking styles of Macon, Georgia, and Macon, France, to create classically delicious dishes - all served with a side of southern hospitality. Macon, in the historic Arcade Building in Chevy Chase, opens for dinner daily at 5:00pm.Continued
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- Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
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Macon Bistro & Larder reviews from OpenTable diners
131 reviews since May 22, 2014
- Ambiance3.8Noise LevelEnergetic
neighborhood gem (104)fit for foodies (78)great for outdoor dining (44)hot spot (32)vibrant bar scene (30)special occasion (22)notable wine list (21)romantic (16)great for brunch (14)kid-friendly (11)late-night find (10)good for groups (8)great for lunch (5)Show More
- Great meal!OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 9/13/2014First, we enjoyed delicious cocktails at the bar. Then, we enjoyed everything we ate for dinner. The fried green tomatoes and biscuits were amazing, I enjoyed the short ribs and my friend the steak frites. And a blueberry cobbler and coconut cake were both amazing! I would love to come back here.Special Features:
- Charmed!FlandersDined on 9/12/2014We chose to dine al alfresco on a warm evening, excellent and friendly service with Lima and other staff, all very attentive. Excellent food, loved the biscuits and honey butter, fried green tomatoes , short ribs and the blackberry peach cobbler was to die for! The only suggestion would be candles or lanterns for the outside tables. We will be back soon!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- wish it were betterpatfoodieDined on 9/12/2014Our entrees very good--steak and shortribs. The salad was a bit strange and had an overpowering dressing that made my husband cough. Thought the combination of radish, pecans, and tiny beets did not work. Had a peach/blueberry crumble for desert which was overly sweet. Our wine was great and I liked having a choice of still or sparkling water. a very nice touch.Special Features:
- Food is good but where's my wine?NeighborhoodKidDined on 9/11/2014The food was good, but took a while to get to the table. I would caution visitors NOT to order wine by the glass. I got a 1/4 of a glass for $12. It bothers me when wait staff is instructed to do this. Leaves you with an overall bad feeling about the restaurant.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great as always!thenelmsDined on 9/9/2014A breath of fresh air in a part of DC that has long been dying for some new restaurants. We brought some old friends, and they were duly impressed by the food, service, and look of the place. (We've been there a bunch of times and are already fans.) Great to see the place full even late on a Tuesday(!) night. Keep up the good work, Macon!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- trying too hard to be interestingchewyVIPDined on 9/7/2014We read all the great reviews and were excited about going. The fried green tomatoes were very good. The service was great. However the pork belly was totally fat. One does expect a little meat with the fat. The faro was good. The fried chicken was extremely greasy, the breading totally saturated with oil and the flavoring they and added was odd. The greens were also excessively oily, the panko crumbs they had added were just annoying as were the other flavorings they had added. We barely touched the chicken and greens and pork belly after the first bites and left feeling queazy from all the oil.They salted caramels were great. They are trying too hard to be interesting
- CharmingfoodfitDined on 9/7/2014We made a last minute brunch reservation for late in the brunch service for our anniversary (I just read that brunch is a recent addition). The spot is small but cute, with a couple of outside tables that we found fine on a pleasant afternoon (even though you look onto Conn Ave...and not much else!). Everything was "good" - no horrible dishes, but nothing standout either. The pork belly and bacon was a little tough for me, though tasty, the fries were not as crispy as I like, the salad was flavorful but a little wilty, my poached eggs were a tad overdone, the grits were a nice consistency, but a tad under-seasoned. The prices were reasonable, and the service was extremely attentive. Overall, a nice experience.Special Features:
- Loud, loud, loud.FoodDined on 8/31/2014Slow service. Great sommelier. I would recommend this to a friend for lunch or drinks only. It is just way too loud and the tables are on top of one another.
- Southern CharmOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 8/31/2014The food was delightful; southern charm food most notably the deviled eggs, pimento cheese and biscuits with honey butter and pepper jelly. Complimentary sparkling water kept us refreshed as we enjoyed the sea scallops and hanger steak, both were prepared perfectly. The slice of coconut cake with a scoop of coconut ice cream topped off our wonderful experience at this relaxed setting spot in Chevy Chase.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fabulous spot!frequentguest1VIPDined on 8/30/2014We loved everything about our evening at Macon. Superb food and service, excellent and unusual wine list and a gorgeous space with imaginative touches throughout. We highly recommend!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Has potential, but....OpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 8/29/2014I honestly wanted to LOVE this restaurant because we live in the neighborhood and are a quick walk away and there are few other options in this area. Our server was pleasant, attentive, and knowledgeable. From my understanding, the restaurant is meant to blend both French and Southern cuisines. There was a clear southern bend to the menu, but I would have appreciated a little more in the way of French influence. The restaurant was very busy, which may have explained why our entrees were served not quite as warm at the chef probably intended. The restaurant is new and clearly has potential, but it's not quite there yet.
- Macon BistroNoelVIPDined on 8/29/2014We love Macon and will keep going back--it is better than most places in our neighborhood. However, we find that while the food is very good and the service great, there are problems with consistency of cooking. Also, the noise level (last Friday night) was intense even in the "arcade" where we ate. Outside tables are best to combat the noise if the weather is OK.Special Features:
- excellentNewInTheNeighborDined on 8/27/2014all the food was great the appetizers delicious, the gift from the chef, the wine and the main dish was astonishing (butter knife for the meat was incredible) we are coming back the next month :) ohh the dessert was good too. my date doesn't like sweet stuff but she definitely love the peaches :) thanks so much!Special Features:
- Great addition to Chevy ChaseThomasVIPDined on 8/27/2014Much needed neighborhood restaurant. Great bar. My wife had corn soup and scallops, both fantastic. My monkfish and pork bell fried tomatoes were good, but not to rave about. We will definitely come again. Staff was outstanding.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious!Urbaneater1Dined on 8/26/2014My dinner was exquisite prepared. The best dinner that I have enjoyed in ages. I had the roasted chicken and my husband had the monkfish. I was delighted beyond my expectations!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Horrible experience!!!OpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 8/24/2014This place had the worst service I've ever experienced! The food was ok but not worth putting up with the terrible service. Over an hour wait for 2 brunch items when the place was half empty -- with no explanation. We will not be back.
- great brunchlnb2711Dined on 8/24/2014Finally tried Macon in my neighborhood and it was really great. Ate outside which was delightful. Had the green fried tomatoes and shrimp and grits. Both were perfectly cooked and delish! Will do it again soon.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great addition to the neighborhoodsequoiaVIPDined on 8/23/2014The service was very attentive and helpful. The food was very good. The fried green tomatoes were excellent and the hanger steak very good although it was only luke warm when it arrived at our table. The peach cobler was also very good. They also have wonderfull toffees. And all in the neighborhood!Special Features:
- Best biscuits, great cocktailsNoatakDined on 8/22/2014Chevy Chase DC has long been deprived of a decent restaurant. No more! Macon serves excellent high end Southern fare. The fish is consistently excellent, the biscuits divine, the service friendly. I sincerely hope other restaurateurs follow where Tony Brown has shown that a good, hip, place can thrive.Special Features:
- Amazing dining experience!OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 8/22/2014From the moment we arrived, the dining experience was amazing. The service was phenomenal with lots of extra touches (like a complimentary appetizer from the chef) and warm homemade biscuits. The three of us ordered three entrees -- steak, scallops, and vegetarian -- and all three were really excellent. We mentioned that it was the birthday of one of our party and the chef sent a complimentary dessert with lit candles. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, attentive, dishes were removed quickly but they never hovered. I love that it is a locally owned and run restaurant and it shows in the personal touches that have been incorporated into the dining experience. Macon Bistro is wonderful and well worth a visit.Special Features:
- Great foodFoodfanDined on 8/20/2014All 4 of us loved the food, but we think the service still needs some attention. We had an experienced waiter who knew the menu and the wine list. He was being shadowed by a trainee. We ordered a starter and three salads. Salads arrived and were finished. We had to ask for the starter. We were not asked if we wanted the biscuits but we remembered to add them. Excellent! Had to ask for a refill on an ice tea. Filled our own wine glasses, which we prefer. Had to request our check. Just not much monitoring of the table after initial order even though the waiter and shadow handling adjacent tables. Food was wonderful. Two of us had monkfish, one the short rib and one the pork. Fish was the standout. We'll be back for sure!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious and creativeporchnapperDined on 8/19/2014Thoroughly enjoyed our meal, though our party of 5 was awkwardly seated by the kitchen door. The restaurant is small, but the waitstaff is energetic. Interesting, unexpected wine selection. When I was not happy with my taste of the pinot noir, the waiter offered me an alternate selection more to my liking. Loved the savory cheesecake with pickled peaches; chicken and collards; green tomatoes with pork belly and charcuterie board. Would definitely go back, but plan to request a more relaxing table.Special Features:
- Great StartersOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 8/16/2014The starters shine at Macon. The deviled eggs are a must as are the biscuits. On our first visit, the soup was a chilled corn soup and WOW. The bar "nibbles" and the starters would make a devine dinner. Additionally, given the size of Macon, the wine list was very good and included many very affordable French wines.Special Features:
- Good, but very richUStFoodieVIPDined on 8/15/2014They had 4 draft beers listed. Unfortunately, the two we pick were "out". The restaurant has been opened for some time now, so you would think they would be able to forecast consumption and have enough inventory. We had fried pickles for starters. Sauce was great, but the coating was thick at times and the pickle slices were very thin. My wife had the scallops and I had the pork belly. Both were cooked very well. The sides were matched well, but they were over-powering at times. We order a side of asparagus. It was good; unfortunately, they didnt come out until our meals was almost over. Lots to improve on, but still a neighbor gem.Special Features:
- Great food!yumyumVIPDined on 8/14/2014Spectacular food and a great host; willing to make adjustments to food for a more finicky eater. Only downside is that it's just a little noisy.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Macon, you are just what we needed!AnonymousDined on 8/13/2014We have enjoyed two superb, festive meals at Macon. The setting is cozy, a bit noisy, and very welcoming. Service has become more smooth between visits, maybe even overly-attentive at our most recent dinner--a few too many check-ins (interruptions). Don't miss Essie's Biscuits or the short ribs--they are standouts, along with the daily fish served with the most divine butter bean succotash. I might sacrifice the biscuits next time, in order to save room for dessert. My bite of banana mousse left me wishing for more of this unique, delicious, caramel-laced confection in a jar. Based on this sampling, I have high hopes and a serious cravings for the seasonal cobbler.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DecentamateurfoodieVIPDined on 8/10/2014As seems to be the consensus, the unremarkable entrees pull down an otherwise good experience. The biscuits, mac and cheese, and fries were quite good (though no better than most decent restaurants with similar items) but the hanger steak was forgettable. It wasn't a bad meal by any means and we didn't have any problems with service but it's not a place I'd plan to frequent unless I lived in the neighborhood. It also seemed mildly smoky inside the restaurant.Special Features:
- DavidWashIngtonVIPDined on 8/10/2014We went for brunch last week. The service started off really great. However, as the time went on, it seemed like our server would take longer each time to bring us food, water, check. etc. The bacon was gross-- it was wayyy too much fat. The eggs benedict was kinda of small- served in a cereal bowl. It was luke warm and kinda of small- especially for $18. It was an average brunch. We will try it for dinner to see if that is any better.
- WallDined on 8/7/2014wonderful service and good food. Short ribs, coconut cake, fried green tomatoes, green beans and mac&cheese are among the best entrees we've tried. Great staff.Special Features:
- Good neighborhood placeStnissankaDined on 8/7/2014I just moved out of Chevy Chase and miss it. My husband and I tried this midweek.The couple in front of us had a lost reservation, the tables were almost all full and the noise level was...robust. Took a while to see our waiter. No intro to the restaurant menu, specials or favorite dishes. He seemed less than happy to be there. Overall he was ok- left us wondering if our order would get lost in the kitchen. Food itself was also a solid showing. Deviled eggs were perfect, pork belly that topped the fried green tomatoes seemed a bit over cooked (a shame)and the tomato crust and sauce weren't anything to write home about. The short ribs were wonderful, though. The coconut cake was a little too coconutty, but fine. Overall a fine showingSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- welcoming, great experiencelizzieDined on 8/7/2014The restaurant space is charming, but the staff are what makes this wonderful new addition to the neighborhood extra special. We had a great dinner - the biscuits were divine and my short rib dinner was terrific.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- ExpensiveOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 8/1/2014Food was average. Service very poor. Very expensive. Nice setting.
- Can succeed with better executionKtasterDined on 8/1/2014We looked forward to eating at Macon. Initially, we weren't disappointed. Our wine selection, a French Cahors (Malbec) was quite good and the fried green tomatoes we shared were excellent. Our entrees were delayed but the restaurant realized its error and treated us to hot biscuits which were delicious. I ordered a hangar steak as my entree with haricots verts as my side. The haricots verts were good. The steak, on the other hand, was inferior. To me it tasted spongy. The waiter replaced it with a dish of my choice but forgot to return with my haricots verts and then charged me for the biscuits and the beans. With more attention to quality control Macon can be a fine restaurant. But not yet.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good food but get some cushionsWendySVIPDined on 7/31/2014The meat and fry menu is not meant for dieters, but fried green tomatoes, end-on deviled eggs, pork belly and short ribs were very good. Biscuits and honey sauce excellent. Yummy peach cobbler. Inside has advantage of A/C but no comfortable seating. Crowded hard benches along the wall have back cushions that push your upper back forward with no support below. The outside and arcade dining are less crowded than inside, but the rest of seating inside and out is all on hard, small chairs. Too bad. Good concept and cooking even if not heart healthy or comfortable.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Macon chevy chasebazboussaVIPDined on 7/29/2014Great Place ! If the Diplomate and the Pig had a baby it will be Macon Bistro & Larder . Food was creative , comforting and delicious . Great service , nice wine list in a french bistro decor that takes you out of the typical DC scene . A place to discover and to come back again and again .Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Southern CookingfrankyDined on 7/27/2014You can't stay on your heart healthy diet at Macon! As we expected, there are few dishes made without pig. All of us enjoyed our meals and would return. When I called the restaurant to check out the dress code for Sunday dinner, I was told business casual. In fact, most diners were wearing the shorts and t-shirts that they had worn all day. The interior design is charming. For its size, the tables are packed in so your neighbors are close. With all hard surfaces, the noise level is high but 4 of us were able to carry on a conversation. The wait staff were friendly and competent.Special Features:
- New Bistro/Very Good BrunchSusanVIPDined on 7/27/2014Our family of 3 adults tried this relatively new bistro (opened 3 months ago) in the Chevy Chase DC neighborhood for brunch. It is located in a historic building with a very nice atmosphere, high ceilings and lots of large windows. The neighborhood really needed this addition. As reviewed, the biscuits are amazing as are the sweet waffle and granola with yogurt. My husband and daughter ordered the eggs benedict which is served on their biscuits but doesn't have a traditional hollandaise sauce. I think they liked it anyway since they ate it all. Will return to try other meals. And off course to have more of those biscuits.Special Features:
- good food, but crowded seatingJaneVIPDined on 7/25/2014The food here is good, but the seating is too tight. People waiting for their tables crowd all available space is the restaurant.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Strongly recommend Macon BistroMiaJosieDined on 7/25/2014The trout was excellent. The vegetables were fresh and tasty. The sommelier helped us select an excellent wine. Another good point about Macon is that you can park easily on the side streets.Special Features:
- Breakthrough neighborhood bistroAERzondzinskaDined on 7/24/2014Food is delicious; cocktails (especially the Bitter Pal) excellent. Do not miss the spiced pecans with your pre-dinner drink! Having dined at Macon four times now, I look forward to some additions/changes to the menu simply because as delicious as pork is (and as central to the cuisine of Macon, GA, and perhaps Macon, France), it should be less challenging to bypass pork in every course.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.